Friday, March 23, 2007

Will the LibDems Speak With One Voice Over Coalitions?

Last night at the UCL Foundation Dinner Simon Hughes absolutely ruled out a coalition with either
Lab or Con, and said that a minority government would be necessary if no one party had a majority. Well, it's a point of view but it certainly doesn't accord with what Ming Campbell has either said or hinted at. When will they ever learn?

15 comments:

Jonathan Sheppard said...

When will they learn not to say one thing in one place and the opposite in another? Never it seems. They have been described as the Kentucky Fried chicken of UK politics - franchises everywhere. But with KFC you get a consistent offering - not with the Lib Dems though!

david kendrick said...

A hung parliament is a great opportunity for the LDs.

How can they balls it up? Imagine the phrases---'we'll be responsive to the wishes of the British people...' and ' a vote for the LDs means competent not weak govt...' ad nauseam...

Cameron Flip Flops said...

When will they learn not to say one thing in one place and the opposite in another?

You mean like Cameron over the Iraq war Jonathan? Remember that by election leaflet...

Or like the Cameroons allegedly briefing that they actually hate Polly etc etc...

LoL

Chris Paul said...

Or like the Cameroonies saying:
"Fantastic we've done in the appointed Lords"
When hardly any of them had.

Simon Hughes is always shooting from the hip.

Anonymous said...

Members of same political party with difference of opinion shocker!

This is the story of the century.

Jonathan Sheppard said...

Lib Dems can be so touchy.. shouldnt they be going back to their constituencies and preparing for Government? Ming was such an inspired choice!

Tony said...

Not so much a difference of opinion as a difference of stated policy. Ming wants to have a coalition with Labour, but Hughes can see that the voters will not vote Lib Dem because it would be seen (rightly) as a vote for Labour. It is all very desperate.

All these years on the catchphrase that Liberals are a Labour-saving device remains incredibly accurate. As for Polly, I support Cameron and I have fisked her today. The woman is a joke.

Benedict White said...

Iain, To answer your question, No!

They have based their whole political philosophy on saying different things to different people!

James said...

Actually, I think we learned our lesson pretty well between 1999 and 2006. Unfortunately though, it would appear that we've forgotten it again.

Anonymous said...

Will they even speak with one voice on the EU?

How about Conservatives speaking democratically, with the UK people's voice, David Cameron? By giving us a Referendum and abiding by the majority view?

Talking of the iniquitious EU, BBC Have Your Say currently have a poll on the EU.

Auntie Flo'

Anonymous said...

if we have 'owt to do with simon hughes, i'm voting ukip in the next g.e.
the mans a wnkr

Marquee Mark said...

Will any these defectors have their own butler?

leon said...

When will they ever learn?

Coming from a Tory that's a bit disengenous...

Ryan said...

Can't understand why the Libdems don't get with the programme, realise that the Tories are going to win by a landslide and make sure they get their slice of the cake by giving Labour a good kicking.

Labour will be back-stabbing each other like hell once they lose and the LibDems have a good chance of becoming the official opposition in the election after next.

Letterman said...

Ming is a berk, personally I voted for Huhne but really its starting to look like anything's better than the idiot we've got now - GET MING OUT!